Before They Pass Away: A Photographer Races After Vanishing Tribes

By Jane Hwang - 2014-01-07T15:48:54Z

Photograph by Jimmy Nelson BV courtesy teNeues

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The Banna of Ethiopia

"The Banna, approximately 45,000 in number, are mainly an agricultural people who inhabit the highlands east of the Omo River, in the Southern Omo valley of Ethiopia, one of the remotest areas on the planet. They are a pastoral tribe whose culture revolves around cattle. During the dry season, the men walk long distances with their herds looking for water and grass, and to harvest wild honey." -- Before They Pass Away

Stephen Corry, the director of Survival International, argues that the construction of a massive new dam, Gibe III, will destroy the land and the livelihoods of the tribes in the Omo Valley. Former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi accused critics of not wanting to see development in Africa and of wanting it to remain a museum for tourists. 

Left: Bana Warriors, Bori Village, Southern Omo, July 2011